Category: Implementation

In my previous post about checking your assumptions, I talked about the rules and requirements about your process.  The supply chain is no different.  After all, rules are made, boundary conditions established around how you deal with your suppliers.  Therefore, you should also look at your supply chain policies to find possibilities to increase output … Continue reading

To increase output, whether in a disaster or in everyday pressures, you must challenge your assumptions to find solutions.  Usually, the solution is not obvious (otherwise, it would have been implemented, right?), so you have to dig deeper.  Challenging assumptions helps us see where we can change the process.  There is still more to get … Continue reading

The more contractors or departments involved in a project, the more chances for variation and, often, more confusion.  There is always the opportunity for misalignment and miscommunication.   The larger the organization, the more opportunity for missing cues on priorities and direction.  For the process owner, the challenge is to align a team to drive progress … Continue reading

It’s rare to find a project without a deadline.  Due dates and deadlines drive the entire project management process.  I’m not talking about the dates for each task (which is wise to avoid), but dates that drive task priorities. Projects can have a single date for completion and for important milestones like progress payments, client … Continue reading

It’s rare to find a project without a deadline.  Due dates and deadlines drive the entire project management process.  I’m not talking about the dates for each task (which is wise to avoid), but dates that drive task priorities. Projects can have a single date for completion and for important milestones like progress payments, client … Continue reading

Have you ever worked on a project that didn’t have a clear goal? By “clear goal” I mean one that is fully defined, stable, lacks any ambiguity and is shared among the relevant stakeholders. Why is this so important? Can’t we just start with, say, “The goal is to deliver machine X”? Unfortunately, such vaguely … Continue reading

Everyone has started a project only to realize that you do not have all the items you need to finish.   Drywall anchors – picture hangers – spackle – no matter the project, it’s the little things that get you hung up.  So you either have to stop and run back to the store so you … Continue reading

The sooner you start, the sooner you finish, right? Perhaps you remember the tale of the tortoise and the hare.  Sure, the hare is fast, but in the end, it’s the tortoise’s steady progress that wins the race.  In a project management sense, it’s not the speed of the individual project that matters; it’s the … Continue reading

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